Every South African and rugby sport fanatic remembers the golden times of #SARUGBY #SPRINGBOKS rugby, and with it a man a legend that played with true passion and pride for the Green and Gold Rugby Jersey, and with it making a legendary legacy live long in our memories forever
“We pay tribute to one of South Africa’s Rugby Legends today the one and only James Small”
We all remember that ‘95 RWC where South Africa made every Springboks fan and South African citizen proud to be South African, winning the WEBB ELLIS RUGBY Trophy on Ellis Park Johannesburg that day by beating New Zealand in the final.
James Small that was known for his busting try time runs down the sideline plus gripping thumping tackles he dished out on the field and also being a try scoring machine in his illustrious rugby career with the SPRINGBOKS, will forever be known and never ever be forgotten as James played the game of rugby as it used to be played with “passion pride, honor and respect for his country and rugby team mates.”
” A rugby superhero on the field and off the field.”
On Tuesday night 9 July 2019 James Small was rushed to hospital after suffering a suspected heart attack at the age of 50 and passed away. Our thoughts and prayers are with his family and friends during this very difficult time.
RUGBY TRY TIME FACTS OF JAMES SMALL:
- He played 47 Tests for the Springboks between ’92 and ’97 and scored 20 tries.
- He also represented the Lions Rugby (formerly known as Transvaal Rugby Union back in the day), Natal Sharks and Western Province as well as the Western Stormers in SuperRugby at provincial level. James appeared also in the Currie Cup finals with Natal Sharks as well as Western Province as he won the Currie Cup trophy with both teams at the time.
- James was born in Cape Town South Africa and attended school at Greenside
- His first test match was back in ’92 where he played wing for the Springboks against New Zealand, and his last rugby test match played was against Scotland in ’97
- Later in his career James took up coaching when he retired from the game he loved so much and then helped as assistant coach for NWU – PUKKE UNIVERSITY RUGBY and also Leopards Rugby Union as well as Pirates Rugby Club.
“A Rugby Hero past present and future as your legacy will live long in our memory RIP James Small , We Love You”